Kevin Stitt announces $11-million “Oklahoma Center For Public Charter School Innovation and Excellence”

Just weeks after the Oklahoma State Board of Education demanded Epic Charter Schools repay $11-million it essentially stole from Oklahoma taxpayers, Governor Kevin Stitt announced today he plans to use the money – when and if it’s ever repaid – to create the Oklahoma Center For Online Charter School Success and Excellence.

According to a press conference at the Epic Charter school playground at Woodland Hills Mall, the center will be conveniently located in Stillwater next to the Oklahoma Center For Pandemic Innovation and Excellence.

Here’s a snippet of what Stitt had to say:

7 ways Oklahomans can deal with “Pandemic Fatigue”

Whew, my fellow Oklahomans. Can you believe we are a solid seven months into dealing with this pandemic? While mask mandates and staying the f*ck away from strangers has seemed like normal, everyday life (for half of us) for a while now, Mayor Holt addressed KFOR readers last week on the dangers of “pandemic fatigue.” According to UCLA, this pandemic fatigue can lead to adverse mental health effects and lapses in taking proper precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Because we at TLO care about the wellbeing of our fellow Oklahomans, here are 7 ways Oklahomans can deal with pandemic fatigue!

Limit Your News Intake

It seems like local news nowadays only reports on the extreme ends of current events. We are either bombarded with doom and gloom or are reassured in interviews with our esteemed governor that Oklahoma is doing “OK!” in its response to COVID-19. Since it’s overwhelming to try to make sense of so much information thrown at us daily, sometimes it’s healthier to take a break from the new sites and stick with reading obscure local social blogs instead.

Stay the F*ck Home

If you and 57 of your closest friends are so tired of the pandemic that you choose to go out maskless and party like it’s February 2020 every Friday and Saturday night, you are basically shooting yourself in the foot at this point.

Louis Fowler vs. the Pioneer Woman: Chicken-Fried Steak with PW’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I recently acquired a thoroughly used copy of Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl from an online auction site for around five bucks with the idea to, in an absolute Julie & Julia move, recreating to the best of my ability every recipe from Drummond’s cookbook.

Flipping through the slight tome, I was trying to find a couple of starter recipes that not only exemplifies the Pioneer Woman, but much of Oklahoma as well, eventually settling on, what else, chicken-fried steak with “PW’s” creamy mashed potatoes. Now I never claimed to be a good cook—or even a mediocre one—but that seemed easy enough, right?

After piecemealing the various ingredients together, I decided to prepare the dinner at my ladyfriend’s house, mostly because my multi-use house with its multi-use kitchen was no place to concoct a clean, decent meal, or at least one that wouldn’t be sampled by roommates or mice when my back was turned.

The Oklahoman announces its becoming even more irrelevant…

Here’s some news that brings a swarmy smile to my face!

Yesterday afternoon, The Oklahoman – the state’s most trusted source of right-wing propaganda –  announced that after a century of only endorsing conservative candidates for public office, they will stop issuing political endorsements all together as opposed to endorsing an actual Democrat.

Well, basically…

Opinion: Getting out of the political endorsement business

Throughout its long history, The Oklahoman has made it a point to endorse candidates for political office, whether for local races such as mayor or national offices such as president or Congress. That practice is ending this year.

This decision was not made lightly. We both understand, and respect, the historical role of endorsements from the newspaper’s editorial board. The reality, however, is that it is time to change course.

Yep, that’s right. Instead of falling on the conservative sword they’ve been sharpening since the early 1900s and endorsing Joe Biden over Donald Trump, The Oklahoman is just doing away with endorsements altogether. Basically, they’re taking their ball of propaganda and going home. You have to love it.

Of course, The Oklahoman won’t admit to that being the reason why they’re doing away with endorsements. In a nod to the mental gymnastics the paper would pull over the years when it would endorse a right-wing conservative candidate over a more qualified moderate or liberal opponent, the paper tried to spin the decision as logical and rational.

Here’s more:

7 reasons why Oklahoma roads are so dangerous!

Even though Kevin Stitt recently touted Oklahoma as being #9 in the country for roads and bridges, OKC Fox recently shared a clickbait study claiming that Oklahoma is the 8th most dangerous state to drive in. Although this shouldn’t really surprise anyone who has driven more than 3/4 of a mile on I-44, the actual reasons might surprise you.

Here are seven of them:

Big Foot Sightings

Whether it’s because the cryptid isn’t as mythical as we suspect or because meth use is rampant in the eastern part of the state, dodging big foot is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Oklahoma. Thankfully, there have been no reports of traffic-related big foot fatalities in the state since 1963.

Ford F250s

The Unbearable Lightness of Bowling (At Heritage Lanes)

The last time I went bowling, it was sometime in the late 90s. Pins were drunkenly struck at the late 66 Bowl and their weekly Rock ‘n Bowl show that I often attended, despite not being punk or rockabilly. The band onstage was Pulpit Red, of course—it was always fucking Pulpit Red—and they tore the place apart as usual. If anybody knows whatever happened to those dudes, let me know.

Nearly twenty years later, that wonderfully rancid scent of that old bowling alley is long gone, iconic neon sign and all. Losing 66 Bowl was such a 7-10 split to me and my then-Saturday night plans, I recently realized I haven’t been to any local lanes until a week or so ago when my ladyfriend and I had a perfectly chaste outing at Heritage Lanes, 11917 N. Penn, near the Big Ed’s.

A popular place for sanctioned ball-heavy pin-knocking, it was sometime around 9 p.m. and the inside of Heritage was mostly darkened, the black lights shining on the lanes for their weekend Glow Bowl, a phosphorescent evening that cost me somewhere around $35 for a party of two to play.

Weird “WTF Medians” to be removed from N. Western…

Back in May of 2015, a couple of weird, narrow, half-finished miniature medians seemingly popped-up overnight in the hipster bar crawl section of N. Western Ave.

Outside of irritating drivers, keeping tire shops in business, and giving credence to the OKC City Council theory that medians are dangerous hellscapes to stand on, we had no clue what they were there for. As a result, we decided to call them the “WTF Medians” and sent Louis to investigate. This is how he described them:

Within one day of appearing, it’s white, freshly dried concrete finish quickly became tarnished with one black rubber burn after another, with a nice collection of hubcaps gathering on both sides of the street. As I was taking the pictures for this piece, a small sporty car skidded right into it, popping of a hubcap with prestidigitatious timing.

Please tell me, road crew, did you mean to do this? Was it a mistake? A joke? An act of vengeance against a community that somehow wronged you?

Naturally, our article pissed off the carpetbaggers who ran the Western Avenue Association. They told us the miniature medians were called Chicanes, and they were being installed as a fancy, decorative way to improve public safety. It made sense. As we all know, nothing is safer than standing on the side of the road, dodging hubcaps, as cars violently swerve to the side to narrowly avoid hitting the random, tiny median stuck in the middle of the street.

Sadly, after a five year run of making unsuspecting motorists say “What the f*ck is that?!”, it looks like the medians are coming to an end.

Via KFOR:

OKC TV news starlets forget to wear masks while frolicking in sun at Lake Arcadia…

As you know, The Lost Ogle is an industry leader when it comes to shaming people on the Internet for not wearing facemasks.

It’s a pretty easy beat to cover in Oklahoma. Thanks to our Governor, Governor’s wife, Kong’s Tavern, OU and OSU Students, Edmond shoppers, the Salon Stalker, and my personal favorite, The Mulleted Marksman, there’s never a shortage of mask-shaming content to sink our teeth into. It’s kind of like shooting fish in a barrel, only produced in our trademarked scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel type of way.

On that note, we obviously couldn’t turn down the opportunity to shame KFOR’s Peyton Yager, News 9’s Ashley Holden, KFOR’s Jess Bruno and KOCO’s Christine Stanwood – the “Squad” of OKC TV news media – for going maskless while frolicking in the golden-brown water at Lake Arcadia.

Check out this pic. It was shared on Instagram, but for some reason was removed after we hit the publish button: